2017: A Year to Love Yourself

Traveling has taught me a lot. It opened a lot of new things to me. I now have a different perspective about life in general and at how I view things. It has allowed me to grow as an individual.

2016 brought me surprises that until now makes me smile. Of course, there are ups and downs, smiles and tears, victories and defeats, but at the end of the day—or year rather—I can say that it has been a great one. 

This 2017, I’m off to a greater path. I have plans to conquer more mountains and provinces, discover new places, and meet new faces. This 2017, I shall be selfish. This year, it’s all going to be about me. 

To kick off my year, I went to a Chinese painting workshop thanks to SM City North EDSA and the Chan Lim Family of Artists. I’ve been painting for years although I’m not focusing on it because of my busy schedule but it’s fun to try it once more. Chinese New Year is coming soon and I’m pretty excited about it. Another year is about to come. 

For my artwork, I decided to do a calligraphy of 愛你自己 or simply “Love Yourself”. The characters are enclosed by four variations of leaves and flowers representing the four seasons. This year, it’s all about me, myself and I. It’s time to be selfish and put myself above anyone else. Late last year, my mantra has been “Know Your Worth” and for 2017, I plan to remind myself about it the whole year round. It’s time to know our worth. I have done a lot of sacrifices back then and I always end up being taken for granted. But all of that’s about to change this year. 

This year, I will keep my standards high. You see, I’ve always believed that my standards are way too high and unrealistic that I often bring them down to the extremes. Well here’s the thing: there’s nothing wrong with having high standards. After all, as Stephen Chbosky would put it, “we accept the love we think we deserve”. This year, I’ll work harder than ever. Focus on my career and put myself to the top. It’s time that I stop stepping down to low levels. They need to step up to mine. Besides, we are diamonds. We are not for cheap sales. 

I’m excited to see what 2017 has to offer for me. I know it’ll be a great year and I’m already claiming it. I’ll definitely love myself more. It’s going to be a tough journey but it all starts today. 

The Chan Lim family is one of the few remaining notable Chinese brush painting artists in the country, and is sought after in this field. It was really an honor to be taught by them personally and be one of the firsts to see their artworks displayed at their latest exhibit. They have prepared more than 300 artworks done in porcelain plates, scroll & oil paintings. The exhibit is participated by 43 talented artists and will be held from January 15 to February 12 at The Block Atrium of SM City North EDSA.  

You can also check out their classes at their family studio in Pasig City. You may e-mail them at 
chanlim@yahoo.com or view their artworks at www.chanlim.com.  


- Justin -

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